Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | February 4, 2011

Pentecostal Herald Article: You Can Make It In 2011

You Can Make It in 2011

Simeon Young Sr.

If you enjoy feeling sorry for yourself, living with guilt, and resisting change maybe you should not read this article. But if you’re ready to forget the past and reach for the future this message is for you. I share with you five truths that, if applied, will help you make it in 2011.

Forget the past and reach for the future. If you ever get to where you want to be in God you must forget the past. You must replace the nightmares of what you have been with visions of what you want to become in God.

While Paul was in Corinth the Lord said, “I have much people in this city” (Acts 18:10). God saw “fornicators, idolators, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners” as His people. He saw them, not as they were, but as they would become: “washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

One reason some never make it is that they see themselves locked in a state of spiritual mediocrity. They are convinced that they will either barely survive at best or completely fail at worst.

Repeat Paul’s words to yourself: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). If it seems that you can’t make it, turn to Ephesians 3:20-21 and read Paul’s famous words aloud: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

Connect with spiritual Christians. Yes, according to Paul, there are carnal Christians. The psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1). The reason Peter didn’t have the courage to stand up to a teenage girl was because he was standing by the enemy’s fire.

I’m not suggesting that you hunker down in fanatical religious isolationism. But if you’re running with the enemies of the Cross they are calling the shots. It’s their agenda, not yours.

Build a spiritual support system—a network of people who share your spiritual goals. Find a prayer partner. Associate with people who love God and God’s people. Be a lover of good people. Develop relationships with godly people. Circulate among people who will help you make it.

Keep your eyes on your goal. If you do not know what you want to become in Christ you will never know whether you failed or succeeded. Set specific spiritual goals you want to reach in 2011. Become a pillar in the church, develop a robust prayer life, conquer a besetting sin, determine to become faithful, and so forth.

Watch your attitude. David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:10,17). Twice the Bible says Daniel had an excellent spirit. (See Daniel 5:12; 6:3.)

You must have the right attitude to make it—without the right attitude, life is bound to get the best of you.

Stick with it. You will never make it spiritually unless you decide to serve God. A made-up mind will take you wherever you desire to go in God.

During World War II when the allies were in full retreat and the Germans were in control of much of Europe, Winston Churchill made what some believe was the greatest speech of his career. He said: “If the Hun should come we’ll meet him on the beaches, and if he should drive us from the beaches we’ll retreat to the fields, and from the fields we’ll fight him with whatever we have, and if he drives us from the fields we’ll retreat to the streets, and if he drives us from the streets we’ll fight him from our homes. We’ll use guns and pitchforks and whatever we have, and when the smoke of battle is cleared there will always be an England.”

Churchill is often quoted as saying in a speech on October 29, 1941, at Harrow School, “Never, never, never, never give up.”

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). You can make it!


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